The intersection of the physical and digital world continues to deepen.
The adoption of network connected devices and sensors - the Internet of Things - has accelerated and estimates suggest as many as a trillion devices could be connected by 2020.
The collection and analysis of big datasets are shedding light on a variety of subjects, from profiling consumers’ buying habits to forecasting the loss of Arctic ice, whilst artificial intelligence and robotics is looking to extend this to transform our future society.
Companies, from Google to Apple to traditional car makers are focusing greater efforts on creating autonomous vehicles with a near-term goal of a driverless car on the road by 2020.
These trends continue despite obvious dangers.
Ever-present devices and online tracking allow us to measure our activities, but give other third-parties unprecedented access to monitor those same habits.
Automated systems are increasingly removing humans from operational loops, making everything from driving cars to diagnosing diseases less prone to human error, but at the same time, requiring that each device be trusted - a technology safeguard that does not yet fully exist.
The trend towards smart connected cities also poses a huge security threat - for a city, the impact of a cyber-attack is correlated not only to its size but also to its degree of decentralisation and “smartness”.
The threat of cyber-attacks and the mission to protect IT-dependent megacities, their citizens and business against them, is one of the greatest conundrums to be faced by authorities and the insurance industry.
And with the spread of the “Internet of Things” and global interconnectivity, the frequency and severity of cyber-attacks have increased and will continue to do so.
To understand the dangers posed by our increasingly digital world, we need to study and define both the potential problems and necessary solutions.
The Emerging CyberThreat Summit will focus on the security challenges posed by emerging, interconnected technologies on businesses, cities, government, critical infrastructure and society.
It will provide a forum for the development of partnerships and strategies and highlight the latest technologies that are ensuring the safety and security of government, industry and individuals.
The Summit mixes high-level keynotes, cross industry case studies from local and global leaders and accelerated workshops moderated by experts.